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February 7, 2009 | TOM PETRUNO
Just how creditworthy is the United States of America? Right now, in the eyes of the official arbiters of credit grades -- Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investors Service -- Uncle Sam still deserves the highest rating of AAA. But as the government's costs to bail out the economy and the financial system mount, S&P and Moody's in the last month have had to address the unthinkable: whether America might warrant a debt downgrade. If the U.S.
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October 30, 2013 | By David Lazarus
James receives lots of emails offering him big bucks for working from home. And, you may be surprised to learn, he suspects that they're not on the up and up. James asks: Where can he report bogus work-from-home pitches? First of all, not all such emails are scams. There actually are some legitimate work-from-home businesses out there. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions But the vast majority of such come-ons are nothing more than attempts to trick you into revealing personal information, such as your Social Security number.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1999
Turn of the century: Uncle Sam needs you. End of the century: You need Uncle Sam. LANCE HOPKINS Fallbrook
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The three solo performance pieces being presented on separate bills at the Kirk Douglas Theatre - Luis Alfaro's "St. Jude," Roger Guenveur Smith's "Rodney King," and Trieu Tran's "Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam" - haven't much in common stylistically. And why should they? They're the product of different sensibilities in a theatrical form dedicated to celebrating radical individuality. But taken together these DouglasPlus offerings, which are part of the Radar L.A. festival, present a portrait of an America made up of insiders and outsiders.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2013 | By David Lazarus
James receives lots of emails offering him big bucks for working from home. And, you may be surprised to learn, he suspects that they're not on the up and up. James asks: Where can he report bogus work-from-home pitches? First of all, not all such emails are scams. There actually are some legitimate work-from-home businesses out there. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions But the vast majority of such come-ons are nothing more than attempts to trick you into revealing personal information, such as your Social Security number.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 1993
Thanks for the fascinating cover story on billionaire David Geffen. As someone just arrived from Wichita, I found that my own dream of making it big in show biz was enhanced by your profile. Geffen started at the bottom and ended up in the catbird seat of Hollywood. And now that he's super-rich he's giving it back to us by getting involved in politics. He's the Ross Perot of Hollywood! JERRY CARNER Los Angeles
OPINION
December 27, 2005
I benefited significantly from the previous tax cuts. I bought U.S. savings bonds with the money I saved. I am now paid a pretty decent rate of return that enables me to buy more bonds. In effect, I am loaning money to the federal government for my tax cuts so it will not have to borrow these funds from foreigners. As a patriot, I figure it's the least I can do. To my congressman, Bill Thomas, I say: Keep those tax cuts coming so I can help even more. MARK SMITH Bakersfield
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By John Horn
Rep. Paul D. Ryan says he doesn't like government waste and he's probably got very few friends in show business, so when he found out several years ago what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was up to in Hollywood, he tried to pull the plug on one  entertainment industry initiative. The CDC was one of the founders of Hollywood Health & Society, a program of the Norman Lear Center at USC. The program gives entertainment industry professionals free consultations on their television programs and movies so that any health-related plots reflect “accurate and timely information.” Over the past two years, Hollywood Health & Society has consulted on more than 380 story lines on shows such as “Grey's Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Sesame Street,” said the program's director, Sandra de Castro Buffington.
OPINION
September 9, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Federal efforts to protect growers of sugar beets and sugar cane epitomize everything that's wrong with U.S. farm programs. At times they've artificially raised the price of sugar, costing consumers billions of dollars; at other times they've stuck taxpayers with the bill for the surplus sugar production they've promoted. The fact that the sugar program is likely to survive the latest rewrite of the farm bill unscathed is a testament to how limited the bill's "reforms" are. Sweeteners are ubiquitous in processed foods, and sugar is the most popular by far. There are two primary sources in the United States: sugar beets, which are grown in parts of California (mainly in Imperial County)
BUSINESS
April 15, 2013 | By Shan Li
As procrastinators scramble Monday to file their federal income taxes, some who reside in the well-off enclaves of Los Angeles or San Francisco may be bracing for an audit by the Internal Revenue Service. That's according to a new study from the National Taxpayer Advocate, which scoured IRS data to pinpoint five metropolitan areas where small business owners are more prone to dodging taxes. Other top tax-cheating hubs are the District of Columbia, Houston and Atlanta. Communities near the five cities were called out as well.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2012 | David Lazarus
Twenty-five of the 100 highest-paid U.S. chief executives pocketed more in pay last year than their companies paid in federal income taxes. I don't know about you, but that's the kind of stat that really gets my bacon sizzling - yet more evidence of how the 1% live in a bizarro parallel universe where the normal rules don't apply. A recent report from the left-leaning Institute for Policy Studies found that weak profits weren't to blame for the 25 companies' relatively low tax bills.
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By John Horn
Rep. Paul D. Ryan says he doesn't like government waste and he's probably got very few friends in show business, so when he found out several years ago what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was up to in Hollywood, he tried to pull the plug on one  entertainment industry initiative. The CDC was one of the founders of Hollywood Health & Society, a program of the Norman Lear Center at USC. The program gives entertainment industry professionals free consultations on their television programs and movies so that any health-related plots reflect “accurate and timely information.” Over the past two years, Hollywood Health & Society has consulted on more than 380 story lines on shows such as “Grey's Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Sesame Street,” said the program's director, Sandra de Castro Buffington.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - For decades, the U.S. government has stashed gold five stories beneath Manhattan in a vault under the Federal Reserve's fortress near Wall Street. Or has it? Some conspiracy theorists suspect that the billions of dollars' worth of bullion might have been looted in a dramatic heist, a la the movie "Die Hard: With a Vengeance. " Others claim that the gold has been used in a shadowy government transaction, or swapped with gold-painted bars. It's even caught the attention of politicians like Rep. Ron Paul and members of Germany's Parliament.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
How much will Eduardo Saverin save by ditching his U.S. citizenship? At least a cool $67 million in federal taxes according to analysis by Bloomberg. The financial news service came to that number by comparing the value of the Facebook shares Saverin had when he renounced his citizenship sometime around September ($2.44 billion) with the value of those same shares now (an estimated $2.89 billion). Then they applied the 15% capital gains rate to the approximate $448 million spread between the two numbers and voila -- $67 million.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2012 | By David Lazarus
The regulatory bill is finally coming due for debt collectors. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced new rules that for the first time would place large debt collectors and credit reporting companies under Uncle Sam's thumb. This is the most far-reaching proposal so far from the agency that was a key agenda item for the Obama administration. “Our proposed rule would mean that those debt collectors and credit reporting agencies that qualify as larger participants are subject to the same supervision process that we apply to the banks,” Richard Cordray, the director of the bureau, says in a statement.
NATIONAL
September 13, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
To understand the deep rift over federal regulation of endangered species, one only had to sit in the stands of the annual 4-H auction at the Boundary County Fairgrounds here last month, when 14-year-old Jasmine Hill's handsome pig, Regina, went up for sale. First, it's important to know the back story: Jasmine's father, Jeremy, had been charged by the U.S. Justice Department a few weeks earlier with shooting a grizzly bear — a federally designated threatened species — 40 yards from the back door of the family home at the base of the Selkirk Mountains.
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